Bayern Stumbles In Frankfurt 75-69
FC Bayern Basketball lost Game 2 of the quarter finals in Frankfurt by a final score of 75-69. the Munich squad will get ready for a quick turnaround and a home game on Saturday evening at 20:30 for Game 3.
This is the fifth straight year that Bayern has lost Game 2 of the BBL quarter finals as they haven't won the second game in the series on the road since a win in Berlin in 2013.
In front of 4,640 spectators in Frankfurt, Bayern trailed closely behind for nearly the entire game and struggled against a very physical Skyliner team. In addition to the loss, power forward Vladimir Lucic, injured his shoulder and will likely be unavailable for the remainder of the playoffs. Jared Cunningham was the top scorer for Bayern with 14 points.
Points per quarter, Bayern - Frankfurt: 15-17, 20-25, 17-17, 17-16.
FCBB Stats: Jared Cunningham (14 points), Devin Booker (10), Stefan Jovic (9/9 rebounds), Reggie Redding (8), Vladimir Lucic (8), Maik Zirbes (6/8), Danilo Barthel (6), Nihad Djedovic (5), Braydon Hobbs (2), Anton Gavel (1), Alex King
Dejan Radonjic, head coach of FCBB: "Congratulations to my colleague and his team. They played the right way today, hard and with high intensity, and they also met their open threes. We were not good defensively, especially in the last two minutes of the first half and it helped Frankfurt gain an advantage. In the second half we tried everything to win but they were just better than us today."
Frankfurt head coach, Gordon Herbert: "I liked our fight, the intensity and our will today. But we still have a lot of things to do better. The fans backed us today and gave us energy."
Danilo Barthel: "We didn't work enough. Frankfurt wanted victory more, that's bitter, of course. We made simple mistakes at the very moments when it was our turn to change the game."
Munich started with Stefan Jovic, Jared Cunningham, Vladimir Lucic, Danilo Barthel and Devin Booker for Game 2 of the quarter-finals and it was quickly apparent that this would not be an overly high scoring game. Both teams set a fast pace to start the game but couldn't finish around the basket and the offenses were sluggish while the defenses were tough. Booker got into early foul trouble and Bayern had a measly 15 points but held Frankfurt to just 17 at the end of the first quarter.
A three from Djedovic and four points from Maik Zirbes brought an early timeout from coach Herbert and this was followed by a back and forth affair which stretched into the middle part of the second quarter. Bayern started to hit some shots from beyond the arc and before you knew it, they held the lead at 33-30. Momentum seemed to be swinging towards FCBB but in the blink of an eye Frankfurt went on a 12-2 run and at the buzzer the score was a disappointing 42-35 for the home team.
The game lost none of its intensity after the break and both teams obviously were determined to play strong defense. Devin Booker again got in early foul trouble but Zirbes and Barthel picked up the slack and took advantage of some big offensive rebounds to get the team back withing three points. Similar to the second quarter Bayern struggled to finish the period and things went from bad to worse when they lost Vladimir Lucic to a shoulder injury and he was brought to the hospital to be examined.
Devin Booker started hot in the final section of the game and his steal four points made the score 59-56 with Frankfurt still clutching a slim lead. Again though, the home team found an answer and they took a bigger lead yet again. Bayern gave it one last shot with a run up to 65-63 with only three minutes left but it was too little too late and in the end FCBB lacked the energy and man-power to get the job done. Final score, Frankfurt 75 Bayern 69.
Game 3: Saturday, May 12, 20:30 (Audi Dome)
Game 4: Tuesday, May 15, 19:00
Game 5*: Thursday, May 17th, 20:30 (Audi Dome)